The 2017 Plessey Tour of Devon cycle ride held on 7th September was billed a huge success. The grueling 105-mile sportive was endured by 27 brave riders to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK. This year’s Plessey Tour was based on a slightly modified route of the Devon stage 6 of the ‘Tour of Britain’ 2016, with an epic climb up Haytor on Dartmoor National Park. Plessey’s fourth annual Tour of Devon with Team had Raleigh, Evans Cycles and Primal all involved this year. All the riders had access to refreshments throughout the day, with mechanical and medical support also provided.
Starting just outside Plymouth at the Moorland Garden Hotel, this 105-mile route took riders through scenic Devon. Passing by the idyllic town of Tavistock, across the moors to Okehampton, onto Crediton and then into Exeter. The ride continued from Exeter crossing the River Exe in sunshine, and the route then headed towards Chudleigh and into Bovey Tracey for a rest stop. Then it was time to take on the challenge of the monumental Haytor in all its glory. Once the cyclists accomplished this, they tackled wet and windy conditions with just one more long and steady climb into Princetown, across the moors and finally downhill all the way back to the finish line.
Through valuable and generous sponsorships and contributions, the event has raised around £4,000 so far.
Plessey look forward to hosting another tour in 2018 and details will issue a call for entrants to the event in early spring.